Self Help, Helps Sustain!

Before I start this blog post, I just want to thank God for all the lovely people I have met because of my blog and because of the cause and ideals I am slowly but surely making progress towards. Ever since I started blogging about sustainability in what we wear, everywhere I turn around I see only sustainable brands, ethical bloggers and people who have adopted slow fashion as a form of living and its just so motivating to know this community is not a very small one. Am I experiencing the Baader Meinhof effect (*Baader-Meinhof is the phenomenon where one stumbles upon some obscure piece of information—often an unfamiliar word or name—and soon afterwards encounters the same subject again, often repeatedly.)  Probably, but look who isn’t complaining? Me! 🙂

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So as I had mentioned in my previous post, I am doing a few blog posts on the various ways you can live a little gently, and ease into sustainability in fashion. To take that forward, today I wanted to discuss about stitching our clothes ourselves. Learning to sew your clothes is an important life skill which is not being stressed enough. It means you are taking proactive steps to ensure the clothes you wear have been made ethically and no one has been unfairly exploited in its making. There are two plus one ways of doing this (you’ll see why I didn’t say three in a minute 🙂 )

  1. Source the fabric and sew your clothes. There are countless Youtube and blogging tutorials for literally every piece of clothing you can imagine. So even novices can enjoy stitching if they invest in a basic sewing machine. The least one should know is to do quick fix sew tricks like sewing back a button, or stitching up small holes, etc because that will ensure you don’t end of throwing or letting an outfit sleep in your closet simply because of a small correctable defect.
  2. Take an old piece of clothing and give a fresh spin on it. Now this is a trend I have honestly never tried, but that being said, this is also my favourite genre of videos I love watching on Youtube! This is also the kind of sewing which is popularly seen in the US because there are so many stores where you can get oversized second hand clothes for prices way cheaper than what you might be paying to buy raw new fabric to make them!
  3. The third method is not exactly a self-sewing method, and is popular in India. It is where we don’t stitch our clothes ourselves, but get it stitched through our friendly neighborhood tailor! (Or tailors who literally live in another city if you are a crazy person who is a sucker for good stitching like me :O) When you think about it, even this form of stitching is so much better than fast fashion clothes because you actually know #Whomadeyourclothes and chances are these tailors are well taken care of because of the scale of operations and achievable targets set for them. Stitching blouses and salwar kameez sets are so common in India but many tailors these days are ready and eager for a challenge, so next time try giving your tailor a piece of not very expensive fabric and get your a nice pair of pants or a simple top stitched. You’ll be surprised how customized and one-of-a-kind the end result will look!

I have taken a course on stitching in the past and have made my fair share of clothes and I intend getting back to stitching very soon.

For my birthday this year, a close friend decided to present this beautiful skirt she completely stitched herself! It was such a perfect and thoughtful gift and I was moved by the gesture! When I decided the theme for the current post a few days ago I realized there was no other better way to portray self-sewing than by creating an outfit around this cheerful, floral skirt! I didn’t technically “self-stitch” it myself, I know, but hey showcasing a handmade gift like this makes this whole theme even better! You can thank me later for showing you what best gifts are made of! 🙂

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My friend has used a stretchy synthetic fabric for the skirt which is what gives it its beautiful fall and pleats. Sewing a circle skirt is quite easy (once you get over the weird and rocket science-ish measurement part of course) and I have attached an easy but detailed tutorial of it here!

Sewing can be a lot of fun once you get a basic hang of it and the pieces you sew is going to help you in the path of sustainability because when you put in your hard work to make something this beautiful, chances are, you are going to treasure it, treat it like an heirloom piece! When my dad had a short stint of about a year’s work in Germany before his marriage, he lived with an old grandmother-ly lady there as a paying guest, and as a part gift she made a fully hand embroidered handkerchief for me. Guess where it sits till this day in my house? In our locker with our other valuables! 🙂

After much contemplation I paired this skirt with this maroon top. I was feeling so reluctant to blog about this top because I bought it a couple of years ago from Forever 21! But then I realized sustainability is not about changing your wardrobe overnight but is a gradual process! Also, by throwing out all the fast fashion clothes I own, I am doing exactly what I am trying to move away from ~ cloth waste! So don’t judge me!

I’m going to leave you with a few more images of this beautiful outfit! Hope you enjoy it and get motivated enough to buy yourself a new sewing machine and in case you already have one, I hope I have intrigued you enough to wipe the dust gathering on that thing and start using it! 🙂

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P.S: Oh! And finally, I watched two very powerful documentaries on Netflix recently. The first one was The True Cost which is about the evils of fast fashion, the effect it has on the laborers, the effect to our planet and what marketing strategies these large brands use to make people buy clothes they really don’t need! The other one was more of a lifestyle documentary called Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. Strongly urge you to watch it to understand how liberating minimalism and slow fashion are! 🙂

Thank you as always for reading all the way to the end! Have a great week ahead!

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Onam Special Ft. Mahatriya

Hailing from a city called Palakkad which lies almost on the line dividing Tamil Nadu and Kerala has its own strange perks! We get to celebrate Keralite festivals without looking like a South Indian going on Karva Chauth fasts (er…yes I have some such friends! :P)

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Summer Style – Part III/IV – Nature Hues

Hi you guys! It feels great to be sticking to a routine and coming back to the blog every Monday 😀 wonder how long that’s gonna last for… Anyway let’s fuggedaboudit for a moment now and talk about the next summer styling idea and it is *drumroll* the traditional Salwar/Chudidhar and Kameez! 


The salwar kameez is a traditional Indian three piece suit which has a kameez which is a top that you can equate to a knee length dress and a salwar/patiala pant/Chudidhar which is the pant and a dupatta which is shawl we cover our torso with! 

The Patiala or simply a salwar pant has a lot of gathering and looks great with a short top or a tshirt even! The Chudidhar bottom is comes more like a tightish pant (that’s what I’m wearing in this look!) 

This outfit was infact bought on my birthday! A gift from me to me 😛 last year! It wasn’t a set when I bought it (just putting that in so you would be like oooh how do you mix n match so well!! Lol!)  

This salwar has Churi sleeves which means the sleeves like the pant has gatherings at the end too! Its pure cotton and feels great to wear! 

Salwars in general are a great option to wear in summer and whenever it’s possible to ditch the dupatta, do it because honestly, minimalism in any which way possible in a 40•C weather is extremely essential! 


I’m just realizing all the three summer looks I have put together this time are yellow and green hues..er so much for variety! 

i will stand up on the bench and pose. Because I can!


Outfit Details: The whole set – top, pant and dupatta – Fab India, Slippers – Koblerr, Earrings – Kushals


When we did the whole photoshoot for the four outfits I must say this outfit was my least favourite because I was feeling all conscious in it…I know it’s just a salwar! What’s to feel conscious right? So anyway, I was dreading seeing the pictures of this one but I must say this Sneha Chandrashekar knows what she’s doing! Follow her on Instagram where she goes by the handle @purplecurlss! ❤️

That ladies (and the very few gentlemen who read my blog!) brings us to the end of Part 3 of the 4 part summer series! So tell me are you enjoying the looks? Did you try to create a summer look yourself? Comment below cause I would love to know. Have a fabulous week! Bye! 

Summer Style – Part II/IV – Beach Vibes 

Summers, mild ones atleast are associated with the beach! Nothing can beat a cool summer day at the beach and being in a tropical country in general and a coastal city in specific we usually get a lot of Vitamin Sea! This outfit symbolizes beachy vibes for me and once you take a look you’ll agree too! 


Long skirts are the shizz for summer days and the wind beneath (or to be honest in between!) your legs is priceless! 


I paired this dandelion printed skirt with a yellow hakoba (?) top and a last minute addition were these pair of reflector shades which I flicked from a friend who came to help us out with the photoshoot! 


I love the casual vibe of this photoshoot and I had better liked it because I paid the auto driver a good amount to shoot with his auto rickshaw! :/ 


As beachy as this outfit may look, Sneha Chandrashekaran (follow her on Instagram @purplecurlss (yes a double s)) my photographer, stood her ground and flat out refused to do this shoot on the sea shore and I’m glad she thought this was a way cooler idea, it was after way cooler this way, wasn’t it! 


Outfit Details: Top – Splash, Skirt – Stay Fabuluous, Reflector shades – Flicked from friend (she bought it at Forever 21 though!) 


Hope you guys enjoyed part two of the four part series! Excited about the remaining two too! Have a fantastic week ahead! Lots of love 

He’s here :D

Guyssssss!! Aaaaahhhh!! 💟💟💟 picture this : you have a 60 day countdown because you are seeing the love of your life after two frikkin long years, the days are in no hurry (wonder how they act so lazy during countdowns and are so hyperactive when the vacation after the countdown starts :?) and after a tiresome 58 days you are down to 2 days. The last ten days go exceptionally slowly with you checking the date and the time on your computer calendar every five minutes (no I’m not exaggerating guys!). Anyway, I was in the last but one but oneth day of my countdown 😝. It was Friday and after a longgggg day at work I’m walking towards my car in the rather empty parking lot when I suddenly sense a movement behind me and the persons gait is all too familiar but I’m not able to put a finger on who it was..so I do the turn look back, not realizing who it was, so look in front and get sooooo shocked and look back again routine we are all too familiar with! My boyfriend had me surprised shocked blown out of my wits all at the same time by arriving two days before schedule. Yaah yaah HiFi!!! He’s here 😍!!!!

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BEST.SURPRISE.EVER. 😍 Happy holidays people. I know I’m going to have an amazing one 💝

Spotty Friday!

Hey you guyssss!

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Wazzzaaa!?! So I actually tried a trend from my imaginary checklist of trends-to-try and boy did I love it :mrgreen: say hey to animal prints! ✋
I just had to pose for a picture with my coolers on because they have animal print temples too ( yes the parallel beams on the shades which perch above your ears are apparently called temples. #thankyougoogle 😂)
So let me show you a complete version of the OOTD

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This leopard print blouse has been lying in my closet untouched for quite a while now because I’ve been apprehensive about wearing it – courtesy – my mom. Every time I take this blouse out she does a perfect eye roll and goes like “why would anyone in their right minds walk around looking like an animal.” (I guess she completes the paragraph in her brain like “how creepy would it be if a leopard dresses up like a  human” …but yeah she doesn’t say it…and as long as she doesn’t, I’m happy 😝)
So I paired this printed top with my favorite pair of jeans I bought more than a year ago from Levis. Hope you trust me when I say this; there has not been a single pair of jeans which has fit me this well since my childhood.. Hahha. :mrgreen: One thing I’ve learnt about jeans through the years is that we can equate it to buying sports shoes. Though the brand, the cut etcetera may be exactly the same, the fit sometimes differs, so the key is just definitely trying them on and checking as against buying them online or without actually trying them. Been there done that burnt my fingers and felt bad guys. So please don’t repeat that mistake!
And now introducing the best part of the outfit…ba-dum-tssss!!! My heels!!! I got these glitter heels recently and I absolutely love them to bits. I can strut in them for life. Yayyy…so comfortable yet sexy 😆

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Lovely don’t you think? Hope you guys enjoyed the post and the animal print trend I tried. Tell me what you guys thought. 🙂

One Post, two Life through the Lens Challenges

I have somehow missed both the life through the lens challenges though I have been thinking I read every post of Mommyx4boys (oh…fyi…when I visited her page now for a link back I see a third pending challenge. But that can wait :P)
So the two topics I missed were Miracle and Love. Let’s go one by one. 🙂

Miracle
This one’s a photo. And the story behind it is the Miracle.

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That’s me holding my Chartered Accountant Membership Certificate on passing the course. You must be wondering why this photo here, it’s because passing the course is a bloody miracle in itself 😀 The pass percentage was a frugal 7% when I gave my exams. 7 of every 100 clear. Miracle or what?!? 🙂

Love
This is a pencil sketch I did for Love. A slightly different interpretation but yes!

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Nothing is as genuine as the love dogs show and I think I’ve done a good job bringing out that emotion. I had a rough idea of the kind of picture I wanted to draw and Google threw up this amazing idea 😀 what do you think guys?
And thank you once again http://mommyx4boys.wordpress.com for these kickass challenges!